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Well, as a qualified bonobo, that can be ok sometimes.
I don't ever hope to come up to the level of human
intelligence. I hope to use human intelligence faster
and at greater scope. On my pessimisic days, I keep
remembering the guys in the sashes swinging through
the windows in the Revenge of the Crimson Assurance.
It is so easy to race to the bottom of a hill and
so tempting when the tempers are high, the day is
long, and we've moved changed the state of a bit
one time too often. But it's Friday anyway and
Masta Clinton and PFunkadelic will be in town tomorrow
night, so there is hope.
To me the key to what the semantic web is after is the
ability to create, publish and unify ontologies
so a dynamic but convergent view of things of interest
emerges bottom-up. Knowledge management systems
partake of the same things as most modern information
systems, eg, object-orientation, events, messages,
monitoring, auditing, etc. The difference is that
a knowledge management system should be capable of
presenting to the user more than they knew when they
put the information into it. The old term for this
was a *synthetic* system. Applications such as autonomic
healing systems show that this is doable but the costs
for acquiring the patterns/recognizableEventSequences
are not trivial. Therefore, it pays to make attempts
to standardize the aspects we can as soon as we can.
We've had years to think about it, implement systems,
and so forth, but just as we did with SGML, we need
to create a simpler version, then step back and take
another run at the same problems with more ants.
Web services are object and component techniques one
level higher emphasizing messaging as a form of
data-unified-by-syntax-and-simple-structure. If I
just look at the pages of specifications, I get the
same chilly feeling, but when I look as each spec
as part of a composable set of components, I see
things I recognize from different conceptual systems
unified. So I think this works. Web services
are not the semantic web. I think a semantic
web can be implemented with web services, in fact,
I doubt we can do that successfully any other way.
Running code is better than running laps.
From: Rick Marshall [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
i agree with all of that. so far all this technology has just given me a
neater way of doing things, but not a smarter way.
i feel like the technology is at ape intelligence - way short of human